It’s hard to know what are essential kitchen tools with so many products on the market and what you might only use from time to time. Below are the essentials for any kitchen starter, things that people use every day or at least once a week in the kitchen.
If you’ve only ever used a cheap chef’s knife to meet your cooking needs, upgrading to a high-quality knife would make a difference night and day. Really, we couldn’t believe how much sharper, heavier and easier it was to cut and slice with the cheaper knife as we switched to a high quality chef’s knife.
And since you can use a chef’s knife for all of your cutting needs (and use it while you cook), one purchase of high quality can serve you for years to come.
- Cutting Board
A good cutting board is one of the most basic tools you need in your kitchen. You will be using it while you cook (just like the knife of your chef) so it is important to choose one that is robust and well crafted.
In the kitchen, cutting boards are invaluable. Not only do they secure your counter, they also help keep your knives sharper and allow you to move cut food quickly from one location to another. No matter what cutting board you pick, make sure it’s large enough to accommodate the amount of food you’ll cut.
- Mixing Bowl
Bowls are essential tools for the cooking. I try to mix a cake without it! These come in a lot of different types.
But you should buy a set of mixing bowls instead of one, so that they can serve different culinary purposes as a go, such as separating, whisking, mixing and storage. So avoid having food with strange taste, select non-reactive ones or even better stainless steel. You can also choose to brighten up your kitchen with colorful ones. Buying in sets would generate storage space too.
- Measuring Cup & Spoons
A set of measuring cups and spoons is important but two or more sets would allow you to measure different ingredients in similar amounts without washing and rewashing.
When precise amounts of ingredients are needed, measuring cups and spoons are particularly important in baking, but these helpful devices can be used in any recipe. A large measuring cup may even double as a ladle, as a bonus.
- Cooking Pans and Pots
We can agree that there is no kitchen without these tools. You won’t be able to get the soup ready or cook those pancakes in the morning without them. Non-stick pans or pots are the best quality relative to the others, and are easy to clean as well. Even, Stainless Steel ones are a good choice if you find the non-stick ones a little pricey. Again, go for a set instead of individual counterparts to save room when you store them.
- Clonader or Sieve
This is one of the kitchen tools that most uses from pasta draining to sieving tea. You can use a plastic colander for the light-duty straining such as washing vegetables, canned beans and draining pasta. For the sieving of dry ingredients and even other liquids such as tea, a small or medium-sized fine-mesh sieve is appropriate. Go for quality sieves and colanders to avoid them burning or melting from high heat, easily wearing out or rusting out. Buying sets will also create more space for the equipment.
Spatulas are essential to fry things. I like to use a wooden spatula here too so as not to ruin the sauce.
But they also have some pretty nice slotted plastic spatulas these days which are great for frying an egg, as you can easily get under the egg. However, some of the more modern ones don’t melt too easily if you just accidentally put them in the pan.
- Kitchen Tong
Do you not think it is difficult to have a kitchen without kitchen tongs? It has multiple functions such as flipping meat from a pan or grill and moving it to a tray or plate without getting burned and before serving it, tossing salads or vegetables and even pasta. If you want to pinch a lemon to make sure all the juice is drained out and even serve dry buffet items, of course, it can also be useful.
- A Box Grater
A Microplane is a great tool, and highly recommended to make a fine Parmesan rinse, lemon zest, or fresh nutmeg. But if to make Daniel’s Classic Baked Mac and Cheese you need to shred two whole pounds of cheese, a box grater is a much better bet. The wider holes allow the cheddar block short work, and its upright position makes it easy to grip while shredding away.
- Baking Sheet Pan
A baking sheet pan (or sheet pan, baking tray, baking sheet) is a flat, rectangular metal pan, which is used in the oven to roast and bake food. A high-quality baking sheet pan is an essential item for a minimalist kitchen, from quickly roasting cauliflower, broccoli, or squash to whipping up a savory treat if you’re inclined to bake.
(Source: mealime.com, recipesformen.com, fudgepotchicago.net, and seriouseats.com)